The synagogue shooting at Poway Chabad is another shakeup but the inspiring resolve and resilience and call to action of Rabbi Goldstein and his congregants has made its way all around the country, online and in print. See this powerful video of Rabbi Goldstein from his hospital bed soon after surgery, and also this inspiring op-ed published in the New York Times.
5/1-2: Hillel’s 24-Hour Yom HaShoah Holocaust Vigil begins 5:30pm on Wednesday May 1st in Campus Center’s The Bean with a Holocaust Speaker, opening candlelighting ceremonies are 6:30pm at the Small Fountain on the UAlbany Academic Podium. There will be special mention of Poway and Pittsburgh at the candle-lighting ceremony at 6:30pm. The reading of names, movies, discussions etc goes for 24 hour until 6:30pm on Thursday May 2nd. Volunteers are needed at all hours! MINYANS will be Wednesday evening 8:30pm, special early Thursday morning Shacharit 6:45am, and afternoon Mincha at 4pm on Thursday. All these three prayer services are on the podium.
5/3: FridayLight! A special 6:30pm Shabbat candle-lighting ceremony and welcome to Shabbat cocktail (mocktail) hour for girls, before walking over to campus for 7pm prayer services and 8pm Hillel Dinner (last Hillel Dinner of the semester). This FridayLight candle-lighting is dedicated in memory of Lori Gilbert Kaye who was killed in the lobby of Poway Chabad on Passover.
5/5: MinyanBrunch! tefillin, talmud and bagels and lox with all the trimmings, 10:45am.
5/6: Israel-Fest (run by Great Danes for Israel and other campus and national groups) is noon-4pm at the Small Fountain on Monday, May 6th. Stop by, hang around, pick up goodies and treats or do an activity.
5/7: “Honoring Parents” is the 5:45pm theme of the last Torah Tuesday of the year on May 7th. We’re skipping the 7:45pm slot to attend a Holocaust Speaker sponsored by UAlbany’s Judaic Studies. The speaker is Dr. Elissa Bemporad of Queens College, her topic is on “Blood Libel and the Holocaust”. The talk will be 7pm at UAlbany’s Assembly Hall.
5/8: Midnight Breakfast – t’was the night before Reading Day! 10pm to Midnight Wed night May 8th at Shabbos House with all types of breakfast foods, a study break and some type of light film.
5/9: Six13 (the acapella group) will be at The Egg for a communal concert presented by the Jewish Federation on Thurs May 9th. See The Egg Box Office for tickets and details.
5/10-11: Shabbat in Tzfat! This Finals-Week shabbat dinner theme at Shabbos House will be a virtual visit to that mystical and artsy city in Israel’s north, Tzfat (or Safed). We’re looking for students to share their Tzfat memories from Birthright trips, study abroad in Israel, yeshiva time there and more.
5/12: Grad Party Please be sure we know you are graduating (for Grad Party on Sunday May 12th, this includes all members of 2019, including Masters and December graduates). All students are welcome for this special annual event at Shabbos House. Don’t miss it if you are up here!
5/15: More Shtissel: Most will be done with finals by Wednesday night, but some still hanging out (especially seniors) We’ll be doing Round II of some Shtissel watching, starting 7pm with food and a bunch of episodes.
Graduation Weekend (May 17-19) 2019: Families are very welcome for Shabbat Meals and Graduation Day BBQ, please use this form to RSVP for Graduation Weekend.
If you don’t get our emails (alumni: a couple times a month, student updates weekly) please let us know so we can add you to the email list. Stay in touch, keep in the loop!
More updates soon,
Love, Mendel & Raizy